Direct recruitment to posts and services in Class I and Class II for non-technical services - the Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS), the Indian Railway Personnel Services (IRPS), the Indian Railway Accounts Services (IRAS), and the Railway Police Service is made through Union Public Service Commission. To be considered for employment in the Railways, a candidate needs to pass the Combined Civil Services Examination and an allied examination for the Railways. The eligibility for UPSC exams is a graduation in any subject.
For employees who are recruited though the Combined Civil Services Examination, no particular discipline is specified at the graduate level. However for the Railway Engineering Services an engineering degree or its equivalent is a must.
Training for recruits for the Railway Engineering Services is provided at five centralised training institutes. For the selection of mechanical engineers, a Special Class Railway Apprenticeship Examination is held. The chosen candidates are given a four-year probationary training. The minimum eligibility is HSC with PCM.
On the personal front there are certain qualities and traits essential for a government employee. The one that tops the list is a willingness to work in a predetermined hierarchy. Unlike the private sector, hierarchy is adhered to quite closely in the government sector.
As the railways are always on the move so are many of its employees. So be prepared to spend time away from home and family. The railways carry an innumerable number of passengers every day. As a railway employee you will be responsible for their safety.
Other qualities required are preparedness to do monotonous and routine jobs everyday, penchant for structured and rule based activities, organising skills and an ability to keep cool head during crisis. Officers in engineering services need the aptitude of an engineer.
The Indian Railways has openings as officers in various departments discussed in the career overview section.
Apart from officers in various departments RRBs also recruit teachers, physical instructors, nurses and Para-medical personnel through written tests. The pay scales are based on the requirement of posts.
Money & Other Benefits
Remuneration for group 'A' officers ranges from Rs 9,000-13,500 per month at entry level. Group 'B' employees are paid between Rs 5,500-9,000 per month.
Despite so many divisions, cadres, etc., the prospects, promotions and remuneration are at par in all the divisions. Remuneration for railway officers is fixed by the government of India and follows the pattern of all other civil services. Other benefits attached to the railways are facilities like travel allowances, educational facilities, housing facilities, pension, health care, free railway passes and so on.
A job in the Indian Railways is considered quite cushy and prestigious. The Indian railways have made a remarkable progress in attaining self-sufficiency in equipment. At the beginning of the planning era, the railways were importing 23 per cent of their equipment. Imports of railway equipment have now been brought down considerably.
And for any operation of this magnitude to be performing well, continuous development is essential. In order to have an effective, economic and optimum usage of the rolling stock and other assets of the railways, many steps have been taken. Some of them are - computer based freight operation and control systems, technological improvements through World Bank assistance etc.